4 Sureways to Maintain High Energy

Four Surefire Ways to Maintain High Energy

by Ty Gibson  |  February 3, 2012

Everyone who competes in the games goes into strict training. They do it to get a crown that will not last; but we do it to get a crown that will last forever. – 1 Corinthians 9:25, NIV

In their excellent book, The Power of Full Engagement, Jim Loehr and Tony Schwartz suggest that, “Managing energy, not time, is the key to high performance.” We all have the same amount of time each day, but all of us do not bring the same amount and quality of energy to that time. Some people get more and better work done than others because they are alive with physical, mental, emotional and spiritual energy that allows them to give focused and sustained attention to their goals, while others simply trudge through their days lacking usable energy. The goal should be to maintain habits that yield maximum energy rather than frantically trying to get as much as possible done with an eye on the clock.

There are four extremely effective habits we should form in order to maintain high energy.

1. Good Eating

Nutrition is vital. Our bodies want to be consistently fed with foods that contain high quality fuel, foods that are densely packed with sources of slow-burning energy. The goal in eating should be to consume calories that impart more energy than they expend in the digestion process. Said another way, we need to eat foods that give more than they take. And we know what those foods are: fruits, vegetables, legumes, nuts and whole grains.

2. Consistent Exercise

It’s this simple: by whatever means you enjoy or can manage, make sure you breathe hard and sweat for a minimum of thirty minutes at least four days a week. Each of us has 168 hours each week. Take a mere three hours out of the 168 for physical exercise and you are still left with 165. What a small slice of the whole! But then, watch what happens. The increase of energy you gain from devoting three of the 168 to exercise will raise the value of your remaining 165 such that you will actually get more and better work done with less time. It’s win win!

3. Positive Relationships

Resolve all conflicts with people and keep the relational air clean. You don’t have the energy for conflict, literally. You’re not built for it. Nothing drains the vital current out of the human system like interpersonal conflict characterized by anger, resentment, jealousy, envy or hate.

Forgive those who have wronged you just as God has forgiven you.

And do it now!

As much as lies within you, live at peace with all men. If you have wronged someone, that wrong will weigh upon your conscience and sap you of emotional energy. Make it right. Go to them and apologize with no excuses. Set your conscience free. And if someone has wronged you, see them through God’s eyes. Have mercy, not condemnation. By the grace of God, be free from the anxiety of unresolved conflict.

Most vital of all, be at peace with your Maker. Rise each morning and give your heart anew to Him who made you for a love relationship with Himself and your fellow human beings. Commit your family and friends to His gracious care, and then rest easy knowing that He will always do the right thing for you and for them.

4. Rest and Recreation

Finally, rest restores enthusiasm, calibrates the emotions, opens fresh streams of creativity and floods the body and mind with new energy. You need a good six to eight hours of sleep each night and regular intervals of enjoyable recreation. Got to have it! Do not imagine that you are actually getting more done by sleeping less and refraining from taking time off work for recreational activities. Downtime increases physical, mental, emotional and spiritual vigor. You’ll do your best work if you are well rested.

And then there is the deeper, more profound rest that has descended upon us in Christ and is memorialized each week in the seventh-day Sabbath. Once, in the beginning, God performed His work of creation, and He said, It is “finished,” and “rested on the seventh day” (Genesis 2:1-2). And then, once again, in defiance of the anti-creational force of sin, God performed a second work of creation, called salvation, and He said, “It is finished” and rested in the tomb on the seventh day (John 19:30). In Christ you are invited to rest in total freedom from guilt and sin and all that is contrary to God’s love. Each week on the seventh day, “He who has entered His rest has himself also ceased from his works as God did from His” (Hebrews 4:10).

So there you have it. Energy, not time, is the currency we have control over. And these are the four most crucial energy-maximizing habits you can form.

Have an energized life!

Ty Gibson Co-Director
Light Bearers
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  • Gabriel

    Great balance!!! It’s sometimes easy for me to do 1, 2 & 4, and not recognize the importance of #3.

  • Pedro Torres

    Excellent! But only good if we apply it to our days. 🙂 My bad is on #2 and #4.

  • Joan

    How true! Showing that we have 168 hours per week really puts in perspective to me how much time we really DO have! Sadly, so many think they HAVE to watch their fav programs on TV, which wastes time, vs. using the above to energize the time we have. So, 3 hours a week is really very little to ask, when the return actually produces a bonus (deposit in the energy account) producing a surplus from the added efficiency!! Thanks for these reminders!!

  • Murray Thackham

    Excellent and balanced advice. Being a Pastor it is difficult for me to find time for recreation being virtually on call all the time. This article has encouraged me to set aside more time for recreation. Thanks

  • Susan

    Ty, great article. As we all have different responsibilities that require different amounts of time, we can feel discouraged with trying to fit everything in. Your article is very positive and encouraging. It is quite balanced and gives us a way to approach time, health, and balance from a different perspective without being so overwhelmed with “Gotta get it done!”. Without energy we can have all the time in the world and not be able to accomplish our goal.

    It struck me that the four are like the commandments. Leaving out any one of the 4 breaks the overall goal of health. They are also like God’s family since all four are interconnected, each one affecting the other. When one part is missing the other parts suffer. I’ve evidenced this in my life as I so struggle with #4.

    Thanks for the new perspective.

  • curly

    Awesome, thank you for sharing this. So true, proper use of energy is indeed way way better than proper use of time. Very timely for me,have quite difficulty these days. This article motivated me to have a positive outlook for today and yeah, maintain high energy.

  • Blaine

    Thanks Ty! I just had a great Sabbath rest! This evening I drank a carrot-beet-spinach- celery- garlic-ginger and wheatgrass juice and went for a beautiful sundown walk with my family, including our yellow lab… And then petted some horses… I feel like my batteries are charged up! Great advice!